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IGT prevails in DOJ lawsuit; Wire Act only applies to sports betting
Lotteries and poker are not controlled by Wire Act A fight spanning more than a decade over varying interpretations of the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 may finally be reaching its end after a Rhode Island District Court judge ruled that the US Department of Justice must formally state that the law only applies to sports betting. The ruling, a significant victory for online poker in the US, was made in a November 2021 lawsuit filed by International Game Technology (IGT) against the DOJ in
Sep 24, 2022, 9:26 am - Lottery News

Maryland Lottery to swap out 5 Card Cash for new Pick 5 game
Out with the old and in with the new a popular draw game is coming to Maryland By Kate Northrop The Maryland Lottery announced that it will be ending 5 Card Cash and will replace it with a new Pick 5 game, the state's newest draw game in six years since it joined Cash4Life in 2016. If you want to get your final 5 Card Cash plays in before it's gone, now's the time. 5 Card Cash will be closing out this week, but players might be excited to know that there is a new game ready to take
Feb 1, 2022, 1:58 pm - Lottery News

NJ Lottery temporarily suspends sales and drawings for 5 Card Cash due to coronavirus
The New Jersey Lottery temporarily suspended sales and drawings of its 5 Card Cash, effective Monday, May 4, 2020, due to COVID-19. The temporary suspension of 5 Card Cash is designed to protect the health and safety of Lottery employees and its customers. Not only does this game require two additional staff members to be in the office beyond the teams for other drawings, it does not permit multi-draw play or advance play so purchases are only applicable to the day they are purchased. Play
Apr 30, 2020, 1:34 pm - Lottery News

Wisconsin Lottery launches new All or Nothing game
5 Card Cash retired to make room for new game By Todd Northrop A lottery game format that has grown in popularity in recent years is now finding its way to Wisconsin. Starting today, Wisconsin lottery players are able to buy tickets for the latest Wisconsin Lottery game called All or Nothing. In the new game, players choose 11 numbers from a total pool of 22 numbers, and they can win the top prize by matching either all or none of the 11 numbers drawn to the numbers on their game tic
Apr 7, 2019, 12:24 pm - Lottery News

CT Lottery chief questioned by lawmakers over mishaps, computerized drawings
By Jon Lender State lawmakers grilled Connecticut Lottery Corp. officials Thursday at a legislative hearing about long-running controversies including their alleged retaliation against former lottery security chief Alfred W. DuPuis, who says he was the victim of a vendetta for raising questions in 2015 about the fraud-plagued 5 Card Cash game, and their alleged lack of cooperation with the state Department of Consumer Protection that regulates them. On top of that, Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-We
Jan 25, 2019, 9:10 am - Lottery News

New CT lottery chief draws flak over his response to auditors' report on Jan. 1 drawing disaster
The Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s new president and CEO, Gregory Smith, was hired this past July amid hopes of a fresh start for the agency that was hit by a million-dollar mistake in a Jan. 1 drawing, after enduring two years of turmoil following a fraud scandal that shut down the 5 Card Cash game in 2015. But Smith has quickly been drawn into a controversy stemming from those very same problems after writing a letter to two key state legislators in which he defended the lottery agency for act
Nov 26, 2018, 7:45 pm - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery offers new "1-off" wagering options
5 Card Cash game also gets enhancements By Todd Northrop Kentucky Pick 3 and Pick 4 lottery players now have an option to win just by getting close the numbers drawn. Last week, starting on July 29, the Kentucky Lottery added a new feature for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games which allows players to win prizes if their numbers are one digit higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn. 1-Off is a new wager type for Pick 3 and Pick 4. A player can select the 1-Off feature at the time of
Aug 6, 2018, 4:11 pm - Lottery News

NJ Lottery scrapped instant scratch-off game after only 3 days
High Card Poker rules were confusing By Todd Northrop The New Jersey Lottery pulled its latest instant scratch-off game from retailers' shelves after players became confused by the game's rules. High Card Poker (Game #01436) went on sale Aug. 7, and was canceled three days later on Aug. 10. In a statement, the NJ Lottery said the cancellation was due to the potential for players to misunderstand the game's win scenarios as stated on the back of tickets. Despite the game being voide
Aug 18, 2017, 9:13 am - Lottery News

Turmoil: Connecticut Lottery interim CEO quits
Frank Farricker, the Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s board chairman and interim CEO, resigned from both unpaid but influential positions Monday after drawing heavy criticism during a legislative inquiry into lottery officials' handling of the fraud-plagued 5 Card Cash lottery game. Saying that he hopes to help the lottery agency by ceasing any further distractions, Farricker wrote to the quasi-public agency's general counsel, Matthew Stone, and said he was quitting immediately. I am proud to
May 15, 2017, 7:09 pm - Lottery News

CT Lottery ignored warnings that game was vulnerable to fraud, investigation finds
Connecticut Lottery officials knew in January of 2015 that there was a way for retailers to illegally access the numbers of the 5 Card Cash game on their computer screens and manipulate tickets but waited 10 months to notify the Department of Consumer Protection that fraud was occurring. At a legislative hearing Tuesday morning Connecticut Lottery Corp.'s chairman and acting president, Frank Farricker, acknowledged that lottery officials put revenues over security issues concerning the game,
May 2, 2017, 4:38 pm - Lottery News

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